Corpns get relief: HC orders Delhi govt to give funds
‘Implement Report of FinCom, Don’t Stand On Ego’ Civic bodies expect 10k-crore windfall
New Delhi: In a major relief for two cash-strapped corporations in the capital, the Delhi high court observed on Monday that “prima facie” it was convinced that they must get the benefit of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission’s recommendations. It has set a one-month deadline for the Delhi government to release the money.
“Do not stand on ego and say that since Government of India is not paying you, you will not pay the municipal corporations,” a bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar told the state government, asking it to release the dues with effect from November 1, 2017.
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cash-strapped North and East Corporations are looking forward to a financial revival after the HC order. EDMC expects to get around Rs 9,000 crore annually, while its north counterpart is eyeing Rs 1,616 crore. The cash crunch has caused employee unrest, with employees often resorting to strikes. fined to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, which are facing a funds crunch and are unable to pay salaries and pensions.
A Delhi government spokesperson said they were waiting for the order and would comply if there were any dues. The spokesperson claimed that the corporations had been paid more than their due.